We set a goal of $40,000 to reach in 50 days and we have MET that goal in 3 days (what in the world?!?! beyond grateful!). However, the cost of recording and promotion of the record will cost well over $40,000 and I would be SO honored if you would consider being a part of my story and these songs.
We have decided to add some fun stretch goals to show our absolute highest appreciation to all of you! Thanks for backing the project, spreading the word, and sending all of your incredibly kind words of encouragement.
If we reach:
$60,000 - *GOAL REACHED*
EVERY BACKER will receive a PDF of the story behind each song on the album, handwritten by me + lyrics and chords for all songs.
- *GOAL REACHED*
EVERY BACKER will have access to a PRIVATE Kickstarter Backer Only LIVE StageIt show from my living room.
- *GOAL REACHED*
TIER 3 AND HIGHER backers will receive a VINYL copy of the album (SO fun!)
TIER 3 AND HIGHER backers will be invited to join me for a PRIVATE Kickstarter Backer Only Release Party in Nashville. I'll perform a few of the new songs for y'all live, & we'll celebrate together!!
(You'll handle your own travel arrangements)
Hey y'all, Ellie here. For the past seven years, I've had the pleasure of touring around the country in a band with my husband, Drew Holcomb. I have always loved writing and playing with our band, but in 2011, Drew encouraged me to record a handful of my own songs. What started as a little side project of recording songs that I'd written based out of the Psalms has turned into something that I can't help but doing! Last year, in the middle of a crazy touring schedule with our band and over the course of 9 months of being pregnant, I wrote every chance I got. I would sit in God's word, and just let music come out. I wrote songs in the van, in venues across the country, and with a handful of other writers on days off in Nashville. By the time we welcomed our little girl into the world, I had a precious baby to hold and 45 new songs to sing. We released a few of them this past August on an EP called With You Now, but we're now in the process of making my very first full length, record!!
As Sure As The Sun will have 10 brand new songs, all with scripture woven into the lyrics. My heart with this music is to sing truth into the darkness. I know that the world can get pretty dark some days, and I'd love to be sending out songs like little campfires to light up the night. When I write, I am usually just trying to remind myself of what is true, and my highest hope is that these songs will be reminders of truth to those who listen, that they will refresh, encourage, and bless.
But here's the thing, I need your help to do this! We have already made the record, but we haven't paid for it yet and we would love for as many people to hear these songs as possible. That requires a marketing and distribution budget that we don't have either. It feels crazy to branch out on my own, apart from our band, to make this music, but I really do believe in these songs. And I would just love for YOU to be the reason we are able to share them with a LOT of other people. Get this, the more support we gain through Kickstarter, the better we'll be able to promote and share and market this record.
Why $40,000? First and foremost, we need to pay the people that helped make this music! There are studio costs, musicians that played on the album, engineers, photography, & graphic design - essentially 15 amazing people that helped turn these thoughts and sounds into something I can't wait to share! Additionally, we are hoping to raise MORE money so that we can afford to properly SHARE this music with the world. We want the most people possible to hear it and hopefully be impacted & blessed by these songs. The team we'd like to build would consist of a publicist to try and garner reviews, several radio reps to attempt to get this music on radio stations (EEEK!), distributors to push this music into stores (WHAT?!), and several other team players. To give this album the chance we all think it deserves, it will cost closer to $80,000. For $40,000, we can give it an honest shot - but much more will end up being spent trying to ensure it's success. So, if we are fortunate enough to reach our goal - please keep spreading the word!
I am so honored that you would even consider taking this journey with me, that you’d want to help me make and share this music. I seriously could not do this without you. Here’s to hoping that these songs will be a blessing in your life and in the lives of many.
Grateful. Humbled. Excited.
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges to releasing a record independently. My team and I are very confident that we can pull this project off without a hitch! Should we experience any kind of delays with items, shipping, fulfillment, etc. we will be sure to let all backers know immediately and we will keep an open communication.
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